Exposing 4 Shutter Myths

Tyler Jorgensen

We spend a lot of time speaking with residents about shutters in San Antonio.

And although it may be surprising, when we talk with people across South Central Texas, we hear the same couple of shutter myths floating around. Let’s take a few moments to dispel some of the most common plantation shutter myths so that you’re able to make the right choice for your house when you want new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home improvement projects are simple enough to do on your own in a single weekend. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

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Installing new shutters can be tricky from the beginning, as the measurements of the window dimensions must be extremely precise to ensure an easy and tight fit, as well as to ensure that your windows can still operate. Depending on what the shutters are made of, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, raising large shutters and installing them straight might be a difficult job. Unless each part of the process is done exactly right, you could end up with crooked shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Make Houses Look Dim

A few home designers might shy away from shutters, believing shutters tend to make houses look “too dark” or dim. This myth most likely comes from being unfamiliar with interior shutters.

Think of it this way: sunlight always comes into your home at an angle. What shutters do is let you alter that angle by tilting their louvers, granting you more control over how much light comes inside. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing open all the way to allow as much light as you might want.

San Antonio family room with custom shutters.
 

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters won’t be as cheap as common blinds from a big box store. But this myth is all about how you’re thinking about shutters. If you think about shutters just as a basic decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a year or two, then yes, shutters can be a little expensive. But shutters are a permanent part of your house, and have several benefits: they’re energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can increase your home value, and shutters can last decades, unlike blinds–which will have to be replaced over and over again.

Myth: Shutters Only Look Good In Older Homes

Perhaps the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it definitely isn’t true. While shutters were typical for older home styles stretching back decades, their straight, clean lines and neutral tones let them fit in with more fashionable, modern designs just as seamlessly. Plantation shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in San Antonio family room
 

Myth: Sunburst Shutters San Antonio Won’t Offer Free Consultations

Ok, this one isn’t a common myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters San Antonio team is always thrilled to come to you for a complimentary, no-hassle window treatment consultation. Simply call 210-876-0377 or complete the form below to begin learning the truth about what shutters can do for your San Antonio home.